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Science & Technology ICT

Computing

Through teaching Computing we equip our girls to participate in a world where, in recent years, work and leisure activities have been transformed by technology.

We focus on developing the skills needed for children to be able to use information technology effectively. Computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, independent learners.

At High March formal Computing lessons start in Year 1 and our girls receive discrete Computing at both Junior House and Upper School. Coding is introduced in Year 1 and this is continued throughout the school. In Year 6 the girls complete a project on Raspberry Pi. Microsoft packages are also used: Word is introduced in Year 2, PowerPoint and Outlook in Year 3, Publisher in Year 4 and Excel in Year 5. Touch typing is also introduced to the pupils in Year 1 and they are encouraged to practise this skill at home.

The Computing suites are also used by other curriculum areas, and each computer has a range of software to support the girls’ work. All main classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards and networked PCs. At Upper School there are two sets of laptops which can be taken to the classroom (one per child), when appropriate. Junior House classes each have ten Learn Pads, which are regularly used in the class teachers’ lessons to enhance learning and Year 3 also have access to a set of ten Learn Pads.

The School runs a number of Computing clubs where the girls can continue to develop their interest in information technology.

All pupils at Upper School have their own username and password, user area for storing data and email addresses. The School network is protected by a comprehensive web and email filtering solution; this is overseen by a full time Network Manager.